How do campers get to and from camp?
Most families drive or fly with their children to and from camp, however some campers do fly to and/or from camp on their own. We can meet/escort campers flying as unaccompanied minors at the Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Portland, ME or at the Augusta State Airport in Augusta, ME. We may also provide staff to accompany campers in flight or other transportation. We will work individually with families to determine the best travel options for their camper. Because of the necessary travel and staff needs, there are additional fees associated with airport escort/pick up or chaperoning. Please contact Emily to discuss further.
Will I be able to communicate with my child while they are at camp?
You will receive a weekly report about your child’s experience at camp and campers write home at regular intervals. Our camp director Emily is also available by phone to answer any questions you have. After camp, you will receive a final report that details your camper’s growth and development. Visitors are not allowed on site during the camp session, in order to allow all campers to acclimate to camp life and fully engage in the program.
What do the campers eat? What if my child has dietary restrictions?
We want your child to be comfortable and happy at camp and we believe that serving nutritious and tasty food is an important part of that process. The kitchen staff can accommodate most food restrictions and allergies.
My child has a pretty strict routine that they are comfortable in, how will they get along at camp?
Our daily schedule is designed to expand every camper’s horizons and our staff is specially trained to help campers by being sensitive to their individual needs. A day at camp is filled with countless moments of fun and learning that promote growth, friendship and understanding and we encourage campers to engage and try new things while also enjoying time to reflect and recharge.
What about bullying?
Keeping all of our campers physically and emotionally safe is paramount at Camp Alsing. With a low camper to counselor ratio, we create a caring community that helps campers recognize social cues, build empathy and when we see a problem arise, we strive to address it immediately.
Will I know my child’s cabin counselors?
We will provide parents with a photo and brief biography of our Coaches. Most families meet the Coaches at drop off.
How will I learn about my child’s experience at camp?
You will receive two weekly reports during the camp session that will be emailed to you. After the camp session is completed, you receive an additional report detailing more about the social strategies executive function skill building your child focused on at camp.
What if my child gets sick or needs medication?
We have nurses at camp 24-hrs/day. Medications are administered in the morning and evening and if a camper needs medications at other times we can accommodate a flexible schedule.
My child loves screen time; how will they do without it at camp?
This is a question we hear often. It is often more the anticipation of being without a phone, tablet or other relied upon device that is a hurdle for campers, rather than the time at camp. Once a child is at camp, it only takes them a day or so to acclimate to life without these electronics. Campers often also use electronics in their lives at home as a way to take a break or have some time away from social demands. We understand the need for these breaks, and we encourage kids to bring comic books, graphic novels, books, cards, art supplies, jacks, board games or any other activities that they are interested in, or that you’ve been waiting to introduce them to. Campers are permitted to bring devices that exclusively play music or audiobooks. Examples of these devices are a Kindle Paperwhite or a SanDisk MP3 player.
We are committed to a screen-free environment because we believe this is the best way to build strong connections with the people around us. Campers are busy every day with many fun activities and new experiences, so they don’t typically miss the screen time, particularly because they are out of sight. In the engaging and structured routine of camp, thoughts of electronics fade into the background while we are having a great time.
Is there a dress code at Camp Alsing?
Campers are asked to wear a solid yellow or solid navy shirt each day at camp. Campers are also required to bring a Camp Alsing sweatshirt and two Camp Alsing shirts to camp for field trips and special occasions. Shirts are available for purchase online at our camp store (link available in the spring). The cost for camp shirts/sweatshirt is approximately $75.
Who is the Alsing camper?
Just like all of us, Alsing’s campers are unique – some are shy, some are outgoing. Some love adventure, others are more hesitant to try new things. Some love the lake, others choose to keep their feet on dry land. Some are avid readers, love sports, or music. They are happy to be in an environment where kids and grownups “get them” and embrace them for the amazing person they are. Most, but not all, of our campers are mainstreamed in school. They want to feel more comfortable in social situations, and make meaningful connections with those around them. If you are curious if camp is right for your child, please be in touch with our director at Emily@campalsing.com or 207-805-4155.